Usable Library of the Week – Champlain College

This week’s usable library is: Champlain College, Vermont What I like: A small college (2,000 enrollment) with a great website! Lots of help – this site is clearly focused on helping students through the entire research experience, with easy-to-find help for everything from writing an annotated bibliography to evaluating sources. Research How Tos As with…

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Usable Library of the Week – Westerville Public Library

This week’s usable library is: Westerville Public Library, Ohio What I like: Integrated “Global Search” across site and collections – try searching “Storytime” to see both events and books Suggest-as-you-type feature in search – can easily get to items without viewing full search results Overview  page under “Books, Movies, and More” allows users to easily browse…

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Usable Library of the Week – Brigham Young University

This week’s usable library is: Brigham Young University What I like: Recently re-designed:  Modern, attractive, and fully responsive Non-bibliographic content such as library services and even librarian’s names are included in single search box discovery tool Library instruction is embedded throughout the site:  see the Articles page, with prominent text “why should I also try databases…

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Good resources for library website design

I recently spoke to a local library co-op about designing user-centered library websites.  In this post I thought I’d share the list of resources I compiled as part of that presentation.  Below are some sites, blogs, books, articles, and tools that I have found useful in my own web design projects.  They are organized into…

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Am I a library traitor? Seduced by Netflix

I just became a Netflix member and purchased a Roku box to stream directly to my TV.   Result? I no longer go to my public library for movies.  I also recently moved to a town with a very small library that does not get the newest books fast enough, and there is a lovely independent bookstore…

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Should we be in the Cloud? Musings on OCLC’s WMS

Recently I heard through the grapevine that several regional academic libraries are either seriously considering, or are already migrating to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS). Though my library is still tied to our traditional Millennium ILS, I’m intrigued by the speed and eagerness with which our neighbors are flocking toward this web-based, cooperative library services…

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Getting rid of jargon: a library website usability study

My library just completed our first library website usability study.  We asked five undergraduates to perform 10 tasks.  We kept it simple, using a video camera to capture mouse movement and think-alouds,  observing the participants, and taking notes.  The entire study cost under $100. We are still digesting the findings, but one thing we immediately…

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Encore Synergy 4.1: A review

My library just launched our first discovery tool.  As an Innovative library, we opted for III’s Encore Synergy discovery product, and were among the first to implement version 4.1.   This review is based on my experience of implementing and working with this product for the past several weeks. Is it a “true” discovery tool? Innovative…

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Top 10 Academic Library Websites

At my library we are currently in the midst of a major re-design of our website and search interfaces.  Because of this, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with looking at library websites.  What are other libraries getting right?  How do they steer people to resources? How do they answer questions? How do they collect feedback?  With…

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